BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - For this edition of Hey Kevin, Kevin Orput traveled to Brazil, Ind. where Marcia Tozer had a question:
"Hey Kevin! I know that they've always used the stars to predict when to plant and when to harvest. But I was wondering if they ever looked to the stars and to the sky to predict weather for a particular day?" she asked.
The answer is yes.
Think of it this way. Here we have the Earth, and its right here in the universe filled with billions and billions of stars all swirling around.
And it's true that the stars we see in the summertime are different than the stars we see in the winter.
So, you can tell the seasons by the stars. But here's something very interesting. When we look at the night sky, we see all these billions of stars stretched across the universe from our point of view here on Earth.
The stars, of course, are very far away. And what happens in the lower layers of the atmosphere is sometimes a thin veil of clouds will move in, maybe some moisture or ice crystals.
All of these things come in ahead of rain, so the stars begin to twinkle more.
And so, we have the saying that goes, ‘when the stars begin to twinkle, the clouds will sprinkle.' That's because the atmosphere is interfering with our view of the stars.
That's the reason stars twinkle more before it rains.
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